The medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler possesses 30 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr. Lamont Tyler has given talks at numerous corporations, including for Abbott Pharmaceuticals. One such talk discussed the treatment of strep pharyngitis.
Strep (or streptococcal) pharyngitis is the clinical term for the bacterial infection commonly called strep throat. Patients with a combination of symptoms, including sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and/or nausea, may be diagnosed with strep throat after a rapid antigen swab test is performed.
Generally, strep throat is treatable with antibiotics, which combat and eliminate the infection caused by the bacteria. Doctors most often prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin. The patient is always encouraged to complete the full course prescribed to them, even if their symptoms abate before the last dose is taken. Ending the treatment early can cause a relapse of the infection.
In addition to taking antibiotics, people with strep throat can help their bodies heal with a variety of at-home treatments, including drinking warm lemon water or tea to soothe and cold liquids to numb the pain, taking over-the-counter painkillers, and gargling with a salt water mixture.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.